sweet

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English sweete, swete, from Old English swēte (sweet), from Proto-Germanic *swōtuz (sweet), from Proto-Indo-European *swéh₂dus (sweet).

Cognate with Scots sweit, North Frisian sweete, West Frisian swiet, Low German sööt, Dutch zoet, German süß, Danish sød, Swedish söt, Norwegian søt, Latin suāvis (sweet).

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sweet (comparative sweeter, superlative sweetest)

  1. Having a pleasant taste, especially one relating to the basic taste sensation induced by sugar.
    a sweet apple
  2. Having a taste of sugar.
  3. (wine) Retaining a portion of sugar.
    Sweet wines are better dessert wines.
  4. Not having a salty taste.
    sweet butter
  5. Having a pleasant smell.
    a sweet scent.
  6. Not decaying, fermented, rancid, sour, spoiled, or stale.
    sweet milk
  7. Having a pleasant sound.
    a sweet tune
  8. Having a pleasing disposition.
    a sweet child
  9. Having a helpful disposition.
    It was sweet of him to help out.
  10. (mineralogy) Free from excessive unwanted substances like acid or sulphur.
    sweet soil
    sweet crude oil
  11. (informal) Very pleasing; agreeable.
    The new Lexus was a sweet birthday gift.
    • 14 November 2014, Steven Haliday, Scotland 1-0 Republic of Ireland: Maloney the hero
      GORDON Strachan enjoyed the sweetest of his 16 matches in charge of Scotland so far as his team enhanced their prospects of Euro 2016 qualification with a crucial and deserved victory over Republic of Ireland.
  12. (informal, followed by on) Romantically fixated, enamoured with , fond of
    The attraction was mutual and instant; they were sweet on one another from first sight.
  13. (obsolete) Fresh; not salt or brackish.
    sweet water
    • 1826, Francis Bacon, The Works of Francis Bacon, page 66:
      The white of an egg, or blood mingled with salt water, doth gather the saltness and maketh the water sweeter; this may be by adhesion.}}
    • 1821, Robert Thomas, The modern practice of physic, page 713:
      Nothing has been found so effectual for preserving water sweet at sea, during long voyages, as charring the insides of the casks well before they are filled.
  14. Pleasing to the eye; beautiful; mild and attractive; fair.
    a sweet face; a sweet colour or complexion

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  • Also used as a positive response to good news or information: They're making a sequel? Ah, sweet!

Adverb[edit]

sweet (comparative more sweet, superlative most sweet)

  1. In a sweet manner.
    • 1598, Shakespeare, Love's Labour Lost, Act 1 Scene 1:
      "and, sweet my child, let them be men of good repute and carriage."
      (and, my child, allow them sweetly to be men with good reputations and conduct)

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sweet (countable and uncountable, plural sweets)

  1. (uncountable) The basic taste sensation induced by sugar.
  2. (countable, Britain) A confection made from sugar, or high in sugar content; a candy.
  3. (countable, Britain) A food eaten for dessert.
    Can we see the sweet menu, please?
  4. sweetheart; darling.
  5. (obsolete) That which is sweet or pleasant in odour; a perfume.
  6. (obsolete) Sweetness, delight; something pleasant to the mind or senses.
    • 1613, John Marston, William Barksted, The Insatiate Countess, III.2:
      Fear's fire to fervency, which makes love's sweet prove nectar.

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Middle Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Dutch *swēt, from Proto-Germanic *swait-.

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swêet n

  1. sweat, perspiration

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Further reading[edit]

  • sweet”, in Vroegmiddelnederlands Woordenboek, 2000
  • sweet”, in Middelnederlandsch Woordenboek, 1929